Pseudoparasites

When we check an animal’s feces for parasite eggs sometimes we see some interesting things. Especially this time of year when pets are outside and sniffing around lots of different plants. Pseudoparasites are objects or organisms that look like and can be mistaken for dog or cat parasites. These organisms have been ingested by the pet and will not multiply or cause harm. Some of the pseudoparasites we have found are: pine pollen, fungal spores,pollen grains , plant hairs and parasites of other species such as chickens or turkeys. Here are some photos:

pine pollen

plant hair

 

fungal spores

pollen grain

 

turkey roundworm

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